Saudi Arabia blocks Facebook over moral concerns

Saudi Arabia has blocked social networking website Facebook over kingdom`s conservative values.

Updated: Nov 13, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

Riyadh: An official with Saudi Arabia`s
communications authority says it has blocked Facebook because
the popular social networking website doesn`t conform with the
kingdom`s conservative values.

The official says Saudi`s Communications and Information
Technology Commission blocked the site Saturday and an error
message shows up when Internet users try to access it.

He says Facebook`s content had "crossed a line" with the
kingdom`s conservative morals, but that blocking the site is a
temporary measure.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he
wasn`t authorized to speak to the media.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam and
religious leaders have strong influence over policy making and
social mores.

Pakistan and Bangladesh both imposed temporary bans on
Facebook this year.